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Registration and RecognitionDocumenting the Person in World History$
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Keith Breckenridge and Simon Szreter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265314

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265314.001.0001

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Civil Status and Identification in Nineteenth-Century France: A Matter of State Control?

Civil Status and Identification in Nineteenth-Century France: A Matter of State Control?

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(p.137) 5 Civil Status and Identification in Nineteenth-Century France: A Matter of State Control?
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Registration and Recognition
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Paul-André Rosental

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265314.003.0006

Civil status, and particularly birth certificates, rather than identity papers, are the legal basis of identification in France. Its nineteenth-century history presents a complex picture, which cannot be reduced to a process of increasing state control. Far from implementing ambitious registration projects, French liberal administration left information scattered and scarce as compared to European standards. It had to find a balance between the need to provide open information in order to minimize uncertainty in social and economic relationships, and the protection of personal and family honour and reputation. Citizens' agency and consent have been determinant in this process, whose traces are still visible in contemporary France.

Keywords:   birth certificates, citizens' agency, civil status, consent, gender, marriage, honour, identity papers, state control

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